KRG delegation meets Iraqi president, Kurdish factions in Baghdad  

Iraqi President Barham Salih meets KRG delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and heads of Kurdish factions in the Iraqi parliament, March 17, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region met with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad to discuss the draft federal court law and the budget bill.

The delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani held a meeting with Salih and heads of Kurdish faction in the Iraqi parliament as well as Iraqi foreign minister Fuad Hussein, who is also a Kurd.

The Kurdish factions decided to have a “complete coordination” with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation on both the draft federal court law and the budget bill, according to information Esta Media Network has obtained.

The officials decided to create a joint chamber.

The delegation also held a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, but information on the meeting remained unclear.

The KRG delegation arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for talks with officials and parties in the Iraqi capital to reach an agreement with them on both bills.

The Iraqi Council of Representatives is scheduled to hold a session on Thursday to vote on the draft federal court law.

Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi will also hold a meeting with the committee of finance and heads of parliamentary factions on Thursday evening to discuss articles of the draft federal budget law.

The parliament failed to adopt the federal court law in the previous sessions due to disputes between the political parties, including Kurds.

Kurdish lawmaker Shirwan Mirza said the federal court would include nine judges, religious experts and two other experts. The Kurdish factions have shown disapproval to the draft law due to the work of religious experts and their interference in the affairs.

“The way of vote is another problem, whether it will require a unanimity or two-thirds vote,” he added.

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